Construction of Bulgaria’s Trakiya Highway to restart
02 July 2008
Tenders for the project are currently under review and a winning construction consortium should be announced in July, added Mr Gagauzov.
Construction of European Commission funded roads in Bulgaria stopped earlier this year after two directors of the state-owned National Road Infrastructure Fund (NRIF) were caught taking bribes. The European Commission asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations.
Funds for the start of the works, said Mr Gagauzov, would therefore be provided from the state budget. "We need to show Brussels there is no abuse of EU, or Bulgarian state budget funds", said Mr Gagauzov.
Mr Gagauzov was quoted as saying he expects the block on EU funding to be lifted within a month thanks to NRIF's efforts to improve its organization and transparency.